Belfast to publish hygiene scores online from spring

05 January 2007 by
Belfast to publish hygiene scores online from spring

Belfast City Council intends to start publishing health inspection scores online from the spring.

The council is seeking views on a proposed "Scores on the Doors" website, which it intends to set up as part of a UK-wide pilot being undertaken by the Food Standards Agency.

On the website the hygiene inspections of approximately 2,800 businesses, including hotels, restaurants and fast-food stores, will be listed and given a score from one to five (five being best).

Peter O'Reilly, Belfast councillor, said: "Publishing this information will be a handy tool for consumers, allowing them to make an informed decision about where they eat."

Belfast council believes adoption of the system will improve compliance amongst caterers and lead to a reduction in incidences of illness caused by food poisoning.

You can e-mail your views on the proposals to

Belfast City Council website and release >>

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By Chris Druce

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